Today I was sitting back and thinking a little bit about the things I love, really the things we all love.
It is so true that we find the time for the things we love. Some things are just easy to love. They can be rewarding, entertaining, fun, they take no amount of effort on my part whatsoever. But the problem is, what if the thing I love isn’t fun, it’s draining. It is for lack of a better word… Work.
Here is A shot form my work!
We all know work. Work is what we call that thing we do while we are waiting to do what we really want. Sure, You may be the lucky one that enjoys your job. But the bottom line is, it is still work. You HAVE to do it. I know that there are times that I love what I do. Continue reading
There are things in life that we all have to do that we don’t really mind doing and maybe quite rather enjoy. Then there are those things we wouldn’t mind never doing at all, if we could help it. One of those lovely chores is cleaning a toilet…
Everyone has to do it (mostly everyone). It could be at work or home or school. If you are extremely blessed, you work in a building that has a janitor. I wish my house had a janitor! God bless the janitors and cleaners of the world. Now you know what i say… Continue reading
>Psalm 84:12 O Lord of Heavens Armies, What Joy for those who trust in You. Earlier in the same Psalm it says what joy for those who’s strength comes from the Lord, and What Joy for those who can live in Your house. and my favorite verse 2 With my whole being, Body and Soul, I will SHOUT joyfully to the living God. The common Thread throughout the Psalms is Praise and Joy. I have read the whole book and it is awesome. I want to start over again from the beginning, in fact I think I might. God is real, God is Alive. In times of great distress the writers of Psalms decided to Praise God. When You praise God and remember his goodness, you in turn are filled with Joy. It’s not always that you ask for it. Its only that He loves us enough to give it to us. I have experienced this first hand. There is a verse in there that says…The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, He comforts those who are crushed in spirit. I have felt crushed many times. None more so than when my wife Rachael Passed away. I cried out to God and he gave me joy. I never understood how He did, How it was even possible, In fact I still don’t. I don’t need to understand. I only need to be thankful that I have him to lean on. He carried me, He gave me strength I didn’t know I had, And he gave me Joy If You can believe that!. In turn it only made me want to praise him more. God Is so great. So this week I learned a few more lessons about joy, Here is one.
I showed up late to the building, The time was ticking away. I had no desire to do the task at hand. I also had no choice, the job was mine alone and if no one else came through I knew I had to. I know we have all been there a time or two. So I walked in and figured I could just git-R-Done quickly. Then as I looked ahead my entire plan unraveled. There was now twice as much to do and I was twice as hopeless as before that I would ever get done. I complained to myself slightly for a moment as I began. I thought about all the reasons I alone was stuck with this load. Then I remembered a Psalm. I lift my eyes up to the Lord, where does my help come from, My help comes from the Lord, Maker of Heaven and Earth. That’s the song version, but you get the idea. I looked up and made a decision. I said to the Lord, ” God shouldn’t I be joyful at the fact that I get to serve You? Shouldn’t I too praise You when obstacles arise? Shouldn’t I just be Overwhelmed with Joy at the fact that you saved me.? How meaningless is this task, And How is my bad attitude going to make my situation any better?” I then began to work with a whole different mindset. Praising Him. Just then 1 person showed up and began helping. And I make no exaggeration but not even 5 minutes later 2 more people showed up and we finished the task with ease. Every opportunity is one in which we can learn. I learned a lot that day and I hope I can remember the next time I face a meaningless frustrating task.
>So God is so amazing, Why? Well let me tell you. Nothing that He does ever makes any sense. And really who am I to understand God . Is it even possible? He is so Great and has everything planned out, to work out perfectly. Life does not go on by any means easy and perfect. There is always something that is going on and falling apart and God is still always there. Okay so He is God and He knows everything. So is He standing there watching me going “ohh come on make the right choice”, Just like we watch children when they dont know we are watching them, just to see what they do when they think no one is around? I don’t know, I kind of like to think that He is. And just like us, maybe He is happy when we do the right thing. But Still God makes the impossible possible! It says in 1st Corinthians, that the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than Man’s strength. The words Foolish and weak and God just don’t seem like they go together. I think its just a way of putting it in a way that we can understand it. Of course God is not foolish or weak, But that is how much greater than us He is. Our Wisest is still only as foolish to him.
God takes situations in my life and says “Here, have this”, even though it makes no sense. I lost my wife,Rachael, a year and a half ago. And somehow God brought me to a place where I was thankful for Him, and In love with Him. Now He has brought an amazing person into my life that I’ll get to spend it with, and to me it makes no sense. I lost my job. I was making good money on a terrible shift, and it was a blessing from Him. Then I lost that job, and that was a blessing from Him, I was able to spend the entire summer serving and spending time with Alyssa, And doing ministry that I love. It makes no sense. Now I get a better job with better hours in an economy that is broken, It makes no sense. Sure it made less sense while I was going through it, and at times it was difficult to serve, to give money, and to be positive. But obedience to God always pays off, Because He works for the good of those that love him. Right now My Future wife is 3000 miles away and when I talk to her it always seems that we are learning the same things! For some reason God decided to seperate us for 3 months, to teach us the same thing! It doesnt make sense, But one thing is for sure, God’s plan never makes sense to me. So I am going to trust him. He’s got it all together and it’s all for a reason. So like it says at the end of 1st Corinthians chapter 1 “Let Him who boasts, boast of the Lord”, So I will just give Him all the credit, since He did it all. And its all so that he will get the glory. Maybe your going through something that is difficult. Just trust in him and obey, And He will suprise you and bless you for it, even when it makes no sense.